While some might find it a civic duty to help young ladies foot the bill "for medical school," one state senator has decided there needs to be tighter restrictions on what welfare cash cards are used for.
Sen. Rob Standridge (R-Norman) has filed legislation that would disallow the use of any welfare cash card cards in strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. Senate Bill 667 states no elec tronic benefit transfer card containing state or federal funds from programs including, but not limited to, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may be used in such establishments.
In filing the legislation, Standridge wants to ensure the funds are used appropriately in helping needy families get back on their feet.
"The aim of programs like TANF is to provide basic support for our families while the recipient finds a new job," Standridge said. "If these funds are wasted at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos, then the programs can't achieve their purpose. Taxpayers should never subsidize this sort of destructive behavior." Standridge said for programs such as TANF to work, government must ensure recipients are using welfare under certain conditions. Using funds for alcohol, gambling and other destructive behaviors is anti-productive and helps destroy families.
"The misuse and mismanagement of welfare funds has a damaging impart on the families that need help the most," Standridge said. "It contributes to child neglect and the deterioration of the family. As lawmaker, we have a responsibility to prevent this from happening."